Dog statue stolen from Gilman School

A dog statue outside Callard Hall on Gilman School's campus is missing its mate, which was stolen July 28 or 29, according to school officials and police. (Photo by Jodi Pluznik / August 12, 2013)

Who let the dogs out, indeed.

Sometime between 11 p.m. July 28 and 5 a.m. July 29, someone cut loose one of two statues of greyhounds that sit like bookends on concrete bases outside Callard Hall, the lower school building at Gilman School, 5207 Roland Ave., according to Northern District police.

The greyhound is the school mascot and the namesake of the school's athletic teams.

Since the theft, neither a bark nor a whimper has been heard, according to school officials and police. And apparently, it's not the first time one of the statues has been stolen.

"Someone has been trying to steal those greyhounds since last summer," Gilman spokeswoman Jodi Pluznik said in an email. "A few weeks ago, they actually lifted the greyhound out and left it on the sidewalk. It must (have) been too heavy and (they) decided to come back to finish the job."

Another greyhound statue, which was made by a Gilman middle school art teacher, has been missing since June 2012, according to Pluznik and police reports at the time.

"I'm kind of wondering if the new dog is with the old dog," Pluznik said. She said there's no evidence that students unleashed the hounds.

Citing information from Gilman security chief Leith Hermann, Pluznik said the most recently stolen statue cost about $550, is 31.5 inches high and 12 inches wide, and weighs 150 pounds. It was not known what the statues are made of.

The greyhound statues were a gift to the lower school by the fifth grade class in 2010, Pluznik said. Each fifth grade class gives the school a gift as part of a Gilman tradition, she said.

"I am told that we plan to replace the statue," Pluznik said. "They are not ridiculously expensive, but it's the sentimental value."

Gilman is not the first school to have a mascor or artwork stolen. In 2001, for example, someone stole a 60-pound, 6-foot-long, fiberglass "fish" sculpture from Friends School and left it on a home owner's lawn. The sculpture was part of Baltmore City's former "Fish Out of Water" promotional program.